Cameron County employee arrested amid new corruption probe

A corruption investigation has ended with the administrative assistant to a Cameron County commissioner behind bars.

Cameron County Sheriff TMs Department deputies arrested Raul Salazar around 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Salazar is the administrative assistant for Cameron County Pct. 2 Commissioner Ernie Hernandez.

Deputies arrested Salazar at his county office inside the Dancy Building in downtown Brownsville.

Sheriff Omar Lucio reported it all stemmed from an investigation involving allegations that one of Hernandez's family members was improperly hired for a county job.

Lucio reported that Salazar had a Human Resources Department employee take a civil service test for Hernandez's family member.

The family member resigned from his job once the investigation started.

Hernandez could not be reached for comment but court records show that a Cameron County grand jury recently handed down two indictments against Salazar.

One indictment charges Salazar with two counts of abuse of official capacity while the other charges him with one count of tampering with a government record.

Salazar was issued $100,000 dollars in bonds for the abuse of official capacity indictment but is expected to spend the night in jail to be arraigned for the tampering with a government record indictment.

Records show that Salazar was also arrested for theft, bribery, abuse official capacity and tampering with a government record back in 2002 but had received probation.

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